270-Pound HS Student Will Be Tried as Adult for Allegedly Beating Teacher’s Aide Unconscious

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A 17-year-old Florida high school student who has been charged with attacking a school aide will be tried as an adult.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal identified the Matanzas High School student as Brendan Depa. He faces a first-degree felony charge of aggravated battery and a maximum prison sentence of 30 years if convicted.

Video of the Feb. 21 incident at the Palm Coast school shows the 6-foot-6-inch, 270-pound Depa attacking paraprofessional Joan Naydich and knocking her unconscious.

According to an affidavit, Naydich was hit in the back and on the back of the head about 15 times.

WARNING: Some viewers will find the following video disturbing.

Depa is in jail on a $1 million bond. His arraignment is scheduled for March 6.

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